Emory Douglas: Bold Visual Language
curated by Essence Harden and Daniela Lieja Quintanar
Opening July 7, 2018
2-4pm Emory Douglas Conversation
Emory Douglas: Bold Visual Language considers the legacy and diasporic impact of the visual artist Emory Douglas. Having served as the Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party and the graphic artist of the Black Panther Party Newspaper Emory Douglas’ vision of black radical politics as a set of aesthetic concerns graphed a grammar of global struggle. Douglas imaging of anti-black police brutality and economic/housing discrimination was interlaced with American Imperialist projects and Anti colonist struggles happening globally. The enhancement and saturation of vibrant colors, figurative refusal, kinship and border crossing visions of justice are the dialectics of possibility. The immediacy of global terror was a call to resistance by everyday folks who were depicted as active icons in the project for liberation. Bold Visual Language locates these initial concerns of Douglas in a contemporary discourse amongst visual artist and current social movements.
This exhibition features Black Panther Party Newspaper’s, Historical from Southern California Library and re-mixed images of posters by Emory Douglas, works by Sadie Barnette, Patrick Martinez, and Caleb Duarte in collaboration with Zapatista community women in Chiapas, México and Douglas.
Public programming includes a conversation with Emory Douglas and curators of the show, follow by a panel discussion with participating artists, a performance by Adee Roberson and Anna Luisa Petrisko, and a youth workshop.
LACE summer storefront is dedicated to exhibitions that address deep historical, social, and political research of artistic practices. Focusing on practices that urgently call to be revisited and framed in a contemporary art moment, the storefront allows LACE to integrate significant social movements into the canon of contemporary art history. Summer 2017’s storefront exhibition El Teatro Campesino (1965-1975) initiated this curatorial focus, highlighting social art projects that define the history of Los Angeles and California, and reviving local community and personal archives. These exhibitions also create a space to host cross-generational conversations among contemporary artists.
Support for Emory Douglas: Bold Visual Language is provided by Pasadena Art Alliance. This project is also possible by the continue collaboration with the community-owned Southern California Library and the invaluable support of artist Emory Douglas.